Information on those serving in the British Armed Forces

Simon Wright made this Freedom of Information request to Ministry of Defence

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Dear Sir or Madam, I would like to know if the MOD has a list of the number of people currently serving in the British Armed Forces based on the following.. Religion, Race and Nationality. If it does i would like to know the most recent recorded data on the above listed (it doesn't have to be the exact number serving as of today). If the general information above can not be located or passed on perhaps you could answer more specific questions instead.

- How many British Blacks and Asians currently serve

- How many British Muslims and Christians currently serve

- How many British Atheists / No religion currently serve

- How many English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish serve

- How many people from the Commonwealth serve

Also, How many employees of the MOD (civilian and military) are currently deployed or employed in Scotland, England and Wales. Is there a breakdown of the military budget expenditure for these regions.

I understand if some of this information is unavailable but i hope some data will be found to answer my above questions thanks.

Yours faithfully

Simon Wright

DASA-DEPSA PSA Quad Service Civ Mpwr An 1 (Williams Mark Mr),

Simon,

I am currently working on the Freedom of Information Requested below dated
the 10th October 2008. We will be able to provide you with an answer to
the majority of the request however there is one section which I need to
clarify with you due to the nature of the data we have available. The area
in question is the part aimed at the military budget expenditure for
Scotland, England and Wales.

This is not an easy question to answer. Firstly your request refers to
'Military Budget'. We do not have Military Budget information as this is
not planned on a regional basis. What we do have is some information on
Defence Expenditure/Outturn, but the data that we do hold will not give a
complete picture of expenditure in a region. We have data on military and
civilian pay by region, and also data on the Estimated Equipment and
non-equipment expenditure by region. We have used this information to
answer questions in the past but with the proviso that money spent with a
contractor based, for example, in Scotland may eventually be
sub-contracted to a contractor in another part of the country.

If you are content with receiving this limited breakdown which will not
give a complete picture of expenditure in a region then please let me know
and I will collate the information.

Regards

Mark Williams
DASA (Quad Service)
Ministry of Defence
03.K.48 Main Building
London
SW1A 2HB
Tel: 020 721 84306
Mil: 9261 84306

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Mark Williams,

Thankyou for your email responding to my request. If it is possible to provide me with the data breakdown you mentioned for the regions that would be great. I understand this wont be a precise figure, a general picture of expenditure would be fine if possible.

Thanks again for your help

Yours sincerely,

Simon Wright

DASA-DEPSA PSA Quad Service Civ Mpwr An 1 (Williams Mark Mr),

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Dear Mr.. Wright,

Please find attached the answer to the Freedom of Information request
dated the 10th October 2008.

Yours Sincerely

Mark Williams
DASA (Quad Service)
Ministry of Defence
03.K.48 Main Building
London
SW1A 2HB
Tel: 020 721 84306
Mil: 9261 84306